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Cynthia Metzler, president and CEO of the Arlington, VA-based nonprofit Experience Works, says older workers—generally considered to be people age 50 or older—are excellent candidates to fill any number of jobs in the healthcare arena, including staffing medical, clerical, and administrative positions. Why? Well, for starters, there's a potentially large applicant pool, and it's getting bigger every day. [Read More]
  October 13, 2008

Top 5 Healthcare Jobs

HealthSouth, Fayetteville, AR. The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for all day-to-day operations of the hospital. This position is accountable for planning, organizing, and directing the hospital to ensure that quality patient care is provided and that the financial integrity of the hospital is maintained . . . [Read More]

System Director, Clinical Informatics
St. Luke's Health System, Boise, ID. The System Director, Clinical Informatics is a director-level position in the St. Luke's Health System, reporting to the System Vice President, Nursing and Patient Care Services. This position will manage a system team of Clinical Solutions Adherence Analysts responsible for working with departments/business lines . . . [Read More]

Chief Nursing Officer
Jamestown Regional Medical Center, Knoxville, TN. This is an Exempt position under the general direction of the Chief Executive Officer that is responsible for the operation and direction of the clinical nursing departments including nursing administration, medical/surgical, pcu, surgical, outpatient, emergency services . . . [Read More]

Chief Quality Officer
Brandywine Hospital, Coatesville, PA. The Chief Quality Officer is responsible for planning, administration, and monitoring of consistent readiness of all quality management, regulatory requirements, and quality improvement processes . . . [Read More]

Patient Care Administrator
Orlando (FL) Health. Plan, lead, organize, direct and evaluate the delivery of pediatric cardiac inpatient and outpatient care. Implement effective, ongoing programs to monitor, evaluate, and improve the quality of patient care via quality assessment and improvement programs . . . [Read More]
Editor's Picks
CEO turnover hits a record high
The struggling economy is now taking its toll on the C-suite, as the chief executive turnover rate has been pushed to an all-time high, according to a popular survey from consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. In 2008 alone, 1,132 CEOs have left their posts, according to the survey, and turnover was heaviest in the healthcare sector. There were 206 departures in healthcare, although Challenger representatives said that could have a lot to do with the high number of small healthcare businesses. Still, it will be interesting to see if this number continues to rise between now and the end of the year, given the state of the economy. [Read More]
California takes steps to probe nurses' criminal backgrounds
Just days after the Los Angeles Times reported that dozens of nurses had kept their licenses for years despite multiple convictions, California regulators announced emergency measures to investigate the criminal backgrounds of all registered nurses in the state. The state nursing board will ask all nurses renewing their licenses whether they have been convicted of any crimes in recent years, and the Board of Registered Nursing must also develop emergency regulations to obtain fingerprints from all nurses licensed before 1990. To support the new requirements, the state plans to reallocate staff to more closely scrutinize applicants. [Read More]
Pennsylvania nurses gain victory in long drive to ban forced overtime
In more nursing news, a Pennsylvania bill now ensures that nurses and other caregivers will not be forced to work double shifts. Advocates of the bill, which took an amazing seven years to pass, say forcing nurses to work long hours creates hazards for staff and patients alike. According to a 2004 University of Pennsylvania study, the risk of medical error was as much as three times higher when a nurse worked a shift of 12 1/2 hours or longer. [Read More]
Fairview job cuts are latest for Minneapolis-area healthcare
In a sign that the healthcare sector is not immune to the problems on Wall Street, Fairview Health Services has announced it is laying off 150 to 200 employees. Fairview is the owner of the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview Southdale Hospital, and other medical facilities in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Fairview representatives said the economic troubles have slashed the value of the system's investment portfolio and raised the cost of borrowing money. In addition, Fairview is losing some business as more patients with large deductibles put off elective procedures. The reductions represent less than 1% of Fairview's workforce, and it is also cutting overtime and delaying some maintenance projects. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
Miami: Jackson Health System CEO resigns
Marvin O'Quinn, chief executive of Florida-based Jackson Health System, has resigned to accept a top job with Catholic Healthcare West, a system of more than 40 hospitals. O'Quinn, 56, was praised by leaders of the Public Health Trust, which supervises Jackson. They said O'Quinn took over a money-losing system and made it financially steady at a time when other public hospitals have been struggling to survive. [Read More]

Dunkirk, NY: Hospital to say good-bye to CEO by December
After more than two decades serving as president and CEO of Dunkirk, NY-based Brooks Memorial Hospital, Richard Ketcham will leave his post in December. Ketcham would celebrate 23 years as leader of Brooks in January, but if the formation of the Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York continues on schedule, the recently-chosen Jonathan Lawrence will take the helm of both the Brooks and TLC Health Network campuses when they combine before the beginning of 2009. Although he had an opportunity to be considered for the leadership role with Lake Erie Regional, Ketcham chose not to throw his name into the process. [Read More]

Mt. Pleasant, MI: Central Michigan Community Hospital announces Bill Lawrence as president and CEO
Mt. Pleasant, MI-based Central Michigan Community Hospital has announced that Bill Lawrence has been named president and CEO for CMCH effective October 15. The CMCH board of directors was unanimous in its selection of Lawrence, a finalist in the national search conducted by healthcare search firm Furst Group. Lawrence comes to CMCH from University Heights, OH, where he served as president for University Hospitals Health System - Richmond Medical Center. [Read More]

From HealthLeaders Magazine
10 Events That Could Change Healthcare

No one knows what the future holds, but several scenarios could significantly alter the healthcare landscape and pose formidable strategic, financial, and clinical challenges for senior leaders. Get ready. [Read More]
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